US Plan B: Replacing ISIS with the Kurds
Saturday, 16 September 2017

The US-led coalition has released a statement claiming that Russian forces struck US-backed forces north of Deir Ezzor city, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River on September 16.

According to the statement, US-led coalition troops were deployed alongside the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) when Russian strikes hit a target east of the Euphrates River injruing some SDF members. No coalition troops suffered injures as a result of the incident.

"At approximately 12:30 a.m. GMT Sept. 16, Russian forces struck a target east of the Euphrates River in Syria near Dayr Az Zawr, causing injuries to Coalition partner forces.

Russian munitions impacted a location known to the Russians to contain Syrian Democratic Forces and Coalition advisors. Several SDF fighters were wounded and received medical care as a result of the strike.

Multinational Coalition troops advising and assisting the SDF were present but not wounded as a result of the Russian strike. "Coalition officials are available and the de-confliction line with Russia is open 24 hours per day," said Coalition commander Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II. "We put our full efforts into preventing unnecessary escalation among forces that share ISIS as our common enemy," said Funk.

The Coalition and its partners remain committed to the defeat of ISIS and continued de-confliction with Russian officials. Coalition forces and partners always retain the right of self-defense," the statement reads.

Earlier on September 16, the SDF released a statement claiming that 6 SDF members were injured as a result of the airstrikes and arguing that "some parties are attempting to obstruct SDF progress" in the Deir Ezzor countryside.

US appears to have given up on ISIS in their effort to topple the Syrian Government and is now relying on the Kurds to do the same. The Kurds, in their own right, have yet to learn a single lesson from decades of being used as cannon fodder by the Anglo-Saxon empire.

While the Syrian Army has had major battles against ISIS day in and out, the Kurds appear to take over previously held ISIS territory with zero resistance, particularly north of Deir Ezzor where vast oil fields are located and needless to say the US wants to get their hands on, of course all in the name of "fighting ISIS". This didn't go unnoticed by a senior Syrian Government advisor who had this to say:

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Whether it's the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), or ISIS or any illegitimate foreign force in the country... we will fight and work against them so our land is freed completely from any aggressor" ... She added that the US-backed SDF captured areas from ISIS "without any fighting" in Deir Ezzor province. "But they will not get what they want," the Syrian official added, implying that the SDF drive against ISIS in Deir Ezzor province is just to capture oil-rich areas. The comments come as earlier a commander with the SDF, Ahmed Abu Khawla, had said that his fighting force would not "allow" the Syrian forces to get to the eastern bank of the Euphrates river

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As for the strike on the SDF:

"The Syrian Air Force is absolutely not responsible for the airstrike that hit the Kurdish forces located in the eastern bank of the Euphrates River," the military source told Muraselon.

"As part of our mutual and continuous cooperation, we - the Syrian military - are informed in advance with and sorties conducted by the Russian Air Force. Hereby, I can confirm that our friend the Russians haven't conducted any airstrike against the Kurds in east Deir Ezzor," the source added.

Either the SDF is play-acting, or the Russians are giving the Americans a taste of their own medicine.

 




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